Inmate peer facilitators have been trained to work with female offenders in the Reception Center at CCWF.

By Lt. Michael Dunn, AA/PIO
Central California Women’s Facility

Stephanie Covington and her team recently conducted training at CCWF for the new Healing Trauma curriculum, a gender-responsive short-term treatment approach specifically designed for reception center inmates.

This six-session, two-hour treatment is designed to provide a short-term intervention to empower and increase one’s sense of self. The program deals with emotional development, uses psycho-educational and cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques, expressive arts, mindfulness and body focused exercises.

For many, this is the first opportunity and steps that they have taken to focus on healing and growth in their personal lives. This program is designed to assist the offender to transition to serving their sentences in a positive, productive and safe manner to ensure when they return to society that they are better than when they left.

Thirty-two inmate peer facilitators were selected and trained to begin guiding the groups and will be specifically focused on the Reception Center population.

Many of the individuals trained to facilitate this work also conduct this service in the General Population. They have grown to realize that the first steps to healing and growth is to free themselves from denial, acknowledge the impact of violence in their personal life and to be of service to their peers in their community.

Velda Dobson-Davis, retired Chief Deputy Warden, Project Manager for Beyond Violence, also provides oversight of this program.

Warden Derral Adams, Captain B. Davi and others members of CCWF administration were also in attendance during the training and acknowledged their support of this new and innovative program.

Inmate peer facilitators have been trained to work with female offenders in the Reception Center at CCWF.